Our second rally in 2021 will be in Salt Springs Recrea-tion Area in the Ocala National Forest, near Fort McCoy, FL.
From the website: “Salt Springs Recreation Area is one the recreational jewels of the Ocala National For-est, with a spectacular natural mineral spring that gives the area its name. Plenty of outdoor activities keep campers and day-use visitors busy, including swimming in the springs, fishing, snorkeling, hiking and boating. Salt Springs is located between the St. Johns and Ock-lawaha Rivers, 35 miles east of Ocala, Florida.”
We hope to paddle the Ocklawaha River and explore the forest (there are three other beautiful, accessible springs, a cross-Florida barge canal and Rodman Damn). Bring kayaks, bathing suits, masks and snorkels, bicycles, skate-boards, fishing poles, hiking shoes, fire wood. Sorry, no golf carts. There is a boat ramp in the park and a marina to launch your boat or rent kayaks. The Salt Spring run leads into Lake George. Since the spring is a constant 72 degrees, and is shallow, it is always swimmable.
Reservations are through https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233920. A National Park senior pass secures a $16/night full hook up. The host camp site will be site 44 (hopefully) – see campground map online. There is an open-sided pavilion we will try to reserve with electricity and ta-bles for group meals. This campground offers plenty of “walk up” sites for late joiners.
John and Kathie Walker
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